Sharks and Anxiety – Where We Fight Matters

You’re going to fight a shark.  I pick the shark; you get to pick the location of the fight. Strangely enough, this is a statement I often make to clients that are facing anxiety.  After the initial shock of such a strange prompt, I hear a wide range of responses: a children’s pool, in shallow […]

Video Game Addiction? When Hobby Crosses into Habit

One of the most common topics brought to me by parents of teen clients is that of video games.  Questions of “how much is too much?” or “when is this a serious problem?” are some of the most frequent. Video games are big business.  According to a report from SuperData Research, games generated $91 billion […]

When It’s Not Just Worry – 5 Indicators of Clinical Anxiety

Sad, looking over mountains
Worry is a normal part of the human daily experience.  Did I remember to lock the front door when I left this morning?  I hope my presentation goes well tomorrow.  What if people make fun of my new haircut? Sometimes, worry can go beyond these everyday experiences and become a disruptive force in our lives. […]

Tethered to Technology

  Earlier this summer, I had the chance to go with my family on a weekend trip.  Everything started normally enough: I carried bags into the place we were staying, checked out the space, and found instructions for connecting to Wi-Fi.   When my first three attempts to connect failed, fear began to creep in. 

Pokémon Go: The Secret to Better Mental Health? (Or something like that)

My first encounter was on a run last week.  There was just something that set the adolescent male apart from the trail users I usually see.  His attire lacked several of the required accessories for normal open space use.  There was no fancy running or fitness gear, not even a watch that tracks heart rate, […]